Coalpit Heath family firm is a global success story
A FAMILY-run firm in Coalpit Heath has been presented with the award which confirms its status as a business success story.
Pitchmark was presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2019 by the Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Edward Gillespie OBE, representing the Queen.
The presentation, above, which took place at Pitchmark’s premises on Ram Hill, marked Pitchmark’s continued success in growing overseas sales of its popular line marking paints, machines and equipment.
It follows the company being named South West Business Exporter of the Year in 2018 by the Federation of Small Businesses.
Pitchmark was set-up in 2010 by Mark and Sue Rodman and has grown to employ 17 staff.
Mark, an ex-groundsman, and Sue have been joined as directors by their sons, Tim and Darren, and family friend Jon Griffiths.
The company's products are used at all levels of sport - including school, club and professional - throughout Europe and across the world, in countries as diverse as Brazil, Australia, Iceland and Qatar. The Premier League and international teams are also among its customers.
Mr Gillespie said the award was "massively deserved by this outstanding team", adding: "I hope the Award provides a further boost to their growth and development."
Pichmark staff with a flag recognising its award, which can be flown at its site
Pitchmark managing director Tim Rodman said: “Winning this award is the culmination of all the hard work over the last nine years, and I am so proud of our team who have been amazing.
“However, we are not resting on our laurels, and are pressing on and looking to grow further with the launch of a new distribution brand, Turfix, and by entering new markets.
“Since setting-up in 2010, we have been laser-focused on making life easier for today’s grounds staff. Despite the uncertainties around Brexit, I am confident that if we stick to this we will succeed.”
In receiving its award, first announced in April, for strong continued growth in overseas sales, Pitchmark joined a select group of 13 South West winners.
The presentation kicked-off an afternoon of fundraising with tea and cake to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.